Designed by Make, Old Road Campus Research Building is located in Oxford, United Kingdom. This building is at the heart of the University of Oxford’s world leading cancer research. It brings together six different institutions and is located amongst further research establishments including a leading cancer hospital.
The building is expressed as a single block with entrances, atria and lightwells carved from it. This visually fluid form promotes interaction between departments and prevents the formation of departmental territories as required by the brief.
Internally the building is set out around two atria; the courtyard and the street. The street is a reinterpretation of the traditional university quad and forms the focal point of the scheme, encouraging interaction and movement and accommodating two entrances, a café and a knowledge centre. The courtyard is a calmer, more contemplative space.